A majestic oak in the heart of Osterley Park has been named as one of the 'Great Trees of London' after being voted onto a new top twenty list of beautiful and historically significant trees.
The Cork Oak in Osterley Park was awarded 'Great Tree' status by a panel of expert judges following nominations from members of the public.
The evergreen, which was planted in 1855, originates from the Mediterranean region and its valuable bark can be harvested to produce cork for wine bottles.
Andy Eddy, garden and park manager for Osterley, said: "The Cork Oak is only occasionally found in the British Isles.
"The tree at Osterley is a particularly fine example and is one of the largest and oldest in the whole country."
The 'Great Trees' initiative was launched by charity Trees for Cities after the Great Storm of 1987 when Londoners were asked to nominate the capital's leading landmark or historic tree.
Osterley Park will be awarded with a plaque which will be put up next to the tree.
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